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Apple Maps rumored to finally get transit directions in iOS 9

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The lack of public transit directions in Apple Maps may be baffling, but it looks like the company is finally going to take care of this glaring omission soon. According to a new rumor, transit directions will be added to the Apple Maps app that will be part of iOS 9.

Apple’s next version of its mobile operating system should be demoed in June at the company’s annual developer-focused conference (WWDC). As in previous years, we expect iOS 9 to be released around the time the new iPhones ship, so probably in the fall. Read more »

Apple allegedly planning to switch to San Francisco as default font for iOS and OS X

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Apple has been working on its new font – San Francisco – for a while now and we saw it debut on the Apple Watch announced last year. But soon you might be seeing it as the default font on iOS and OS X, replacing the current Helvetica Neue.

San Francisco is a heavier typeset designed to emphasise visibility, especially on smaller displays of the Apple Watch. The font also scales well to larger displays and works quite well on iOS and OS X. In comparison, many people find the current Helvetica Neue to be quite light and hard to read, especially on iOS. The switch to San Francisco is supposedly the solution to this problem. Read more »

Olloclip Active Lens brings a telephoto and ultra-wide glass combo to iPhone 6

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Olloclip added another member to its already extensive collection of attachable camera lenses for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Dubbed active lens, the newcomer offers a telephoto and ultra-wide lens combo for Apple’s smartphone duo.

The functionality of the ultra-wide helps iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus shutterbugs capture images with the same field-of-view as an action camera. Read more »

Apple introduces official iPhone Lightning Dock for $39

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Apple quietly introduced its first official iPhone Lightning Dock solution for iPhone models announced since 2013. The accessory debuted alongside an updated 15” MacBook Pro with Force Touch trackpad and a new 27” Retina iMac with 5K display earlier today.

The new iPhone Lightning Dock features a white square base with rounded corners. The gadget supports Lightning port-packing iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPod touch 5th generation models. Read more »

Apple Watch receives its first ever software update, filled with performance improvements

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Today Apple has pushed out the first software update for its first wearable. The Apple Watch is getting Watch OS 1.0.1 through the companion iPhone app for the smartwatch. The download comes in at 51.6MB, and as the version number implies this is all about fixing bugs and improving performance for various bits of the Apple Watch experience.

In fact, Apple lists no less than six items under the “improved performance” heading in its official release notes. So after applying the new software, expect to see enhanced operation in third party apps, Siri, measuring stand activity, calculating calories for indoor cycling and rowing workouts, distance and pace calculations during outdoor walk and run workouts, as well as better accessibility features. Read more »

MixRadio brings its streaming music to iOS and Android

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MixRadio is a streaming music service that started life as Nokia Music. It then got renamed to MixRadio, picked up by Microsoft as part of its Nokia acquisition, and subsequently sold to Japan’s Line Corp., which operates the messaging app with the same name. From the moment the music service got out of Microsoft’s hands, everyone was expecting it to become available for platforms other than Windows.

And today marks that much-anticipated event. MixRadio is now out for iOS and Android, in addition to Windows Phone. You can download its mobile apps from the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store. Interestingly, though, it will continue to be preloaded on Microsoft’s Lumia devices. Read more »

Mana Skull iPhone 6 reminds you of your own mortality in the most decant way

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Vanitas was a 16th and 17th century art style that served to remind people of the meaninglessness of earthly life and commonly depicted skulls. Art historians will be surprised to find the style reinterpreted as a luxury aftermarket customization of the iPhone 6, but here it is – the Mana Skull.

Only 50 will be made and use several thousand diamonds to depict a skull (with a police hat) and a yellow police line. Read more »

WSJ: Apple shelved its plans to launch a 4K TV more than a year ago

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According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Apple shelved its plans to build a 4K TV more than a year ago. Instead, the Cupertino giant will only launch an updated variant of its Apple TV set top box.

Apple has allegedly been exploring the possibility of entering the market for televisions for the past decade. Read more »

There is a major Apple Watch firmware update on the way

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According to a report in 9to5Mac, there is a major Apple Watch update on the way. The new firmware is said to bring a number of connectivity and security enhancements.

A “Find my Watch” feature will arrive on Cupertino’s wearable device after the update. Read more »

Best Apps and Games of the Week

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Here are some of the best apps and games that came out this week.

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‘Grim Fandango Remastered’ for iOS and Android game review

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Grim Fandango is an adventure game released first on PC back in 1998. The game was lauded for its characters, story, and amusing dialogue. With the remastered version, you are back in the shoes of Manny Calavera, a travel agent working in the Land of the Dead, whose job is to send recently departed souls to the Ninth Underworld.

The game is now available on iOS and Android and has been redone with enhanced graphics. Let’s take a look. Read more »

Apple in talks with China’s Alibaba group, banks over Apple Pay launch

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Apple is currently negotiating with Chinese banks as well as Internet conglomerate Alibaba over the launch of Apple Pay in the country, according to CEO Tim Cook. In an interview with Xinhua, China’s state-run new agency, he said, “We very much want to get Apple Pay in China,” adding that “I’m very bullish on Apple Pay in China.”

Launched back in September last year, Apple’s mobile payments service has been continuously gaining ground in the US, where the Cupertino-based company has partnered with over 180 financial institutions till date. However, Cook said he believes the service could take off even faster in China. Read more »

Android reportedly overtakes iOS in mobile ad revenue for first time

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Android has for the first time surpassed iOS in terms of revenue generated from mobile ads, according to a latest report from mobile ad analytic firm Opera Mediaworks.

As per the report, Google’s mobile OS was responsible for 45.77% of the revenue generated from mobile ads in the first quarter of 2015, marginally higher than 45.44% brought in by Apple’s OS. BlackBerry, Symbian, and Windows rounded up the top five with 1.96, 1.27 and 0.09% revenue share, respectively. Read more »

Best Apps and Games of the Week

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Here are some of the best apps and games that came out this week.

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Apple Watch S1 chip is Samsung-made on a 28nm process

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Apple Watch is powered by the so-called Apple S1 chip, which specs Apple is still keeping under wraps. Indeed the S1 tiny piece turned out quite an achievement packing an amazing set of features into a single tiny 5.2 x 6.2 mm chip.

Many are still trying to figure out all the pieces inside the S1 chip, including its ARM processor, and more and more details are coming to light. Read more »